Rendering for Alamo Colleges headquarters. Credit: Courtesy / ford, powell & carson and WestEast Design Group

Despite grappling with accreditation sanctions from its governing institution and launching a campaign for a $450 million bond, the Alamo Colleges continue to expand. This week, the community college district announced a new president for Northeast Lakeview College as well as the groundbreaking on new central administrative offices.

Veronica Garcia
Veronica Garcia Credit: Courtesy / Alamo Colleges

Dr. Veronica R. Garcia will be the new president at Northeast Lakeview. The Alamo Colleges board approved the appointment at its regular board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Garcia will assume her new position on March 1, 2017.

Garcia brings 20 years of experience in community college administration. Most recently, she served as vice president of student affairs at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. Paradise Valley is part of the Maricopa Community Colleges system, one of the largest community college systems in the country. Before that Garcia held posts at Portland Community College and the Pima Community College District in Tucson, Ariz.

“Her experience and expertise will be invaluable to the continuing success of the growing numbers of students we serve at Northeast Lakeview College,” Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie said.

In each district, Garcia also held adjunct teaching positions. She earned a reputation as an advocate for student pathways and intake services as she oversaw various enrollment and self-study initiatives to increase flexibility for all students.

Garcia is a member of the National Council on Student Development, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the American Association of School Administrators, and is a frequent presenter at state and national student success conferences. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Oregon State University.

Garcia will lead approximately 6,000 students at the Northeast Lakeview Campus, located at Loop 1604 and Kitty Hawk Road. It is the youngest of the five Alamo Colleges and not yet fully accredited. Expansions to the campus are included in the proposed Alamo Colleges bond that would be included in the May ballot.

On Friday at 9 a.m. the district will break ground on the district’s new administrative building at Playland Park. The $45 million central headquarters campus for the Alamo Colleges will be located on the former amusement park’s 12.5-acre site at 2222 N. Alamo St.

The new building will bring all district employees under one roof. Designed by ford, powell, & carson, the campus aims to be a sustainable, contextual addition to the Broadway corridor. After robust conversation and vigilant community input, the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Historic and Design Review Commission expressed approval of design with plans for rooftop solar and rainwater collection, as well as efforts to preserve a pecan grove and historic acequia.

Bekah McNeel

Bekah McNeel

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